Families Shocked After Seeing ‘Dump’ At Cemetery

August 27, 2009
Advertisement

image Becky Cone is shocked and saddened. A staff member directed her to a back corner of Riverside Memorial Park to search for mementos that once adorned her daughter’s grave site. “Her daughter put out some praying hands and they were gone. The marker was gone. It’s not like I put it out there one day and the next day they took it. It’s been there like four years,” Cone told First Coast News’ Erich Spivey.

Riverside Memorial Park gathered all the items and put them in a back corner; families call it a dump. Trinkets, memories and photos are scattered for family members to pick through.

“I’m sitting here trying to find a replica of my daughter. Something that symbolized something from me to her. And I was digging in garbage for it,” Cone says.

Advertisement

The funeral home declined to talk on camera, referring us to a spokesperson in Texas. She told us that each quarter, workers clear all the items from the grave sites, mark them and allow the families to pick it up for 30 days. But the families we talked to say that’s not happening and they’re shocked by the results.

Mary Cohick says, “If I could dig my husband up and bury him in my backyard, I would. … If something isn’t done I will have my whole family up here picketing. There’s no respect.”

A sign warns lot owners only floral arrangements are allowed. But families say that rule hasn’t been enforced for years.

Jennie Roberts of Service Corporation International, the owner of the cemetery, wrote in response to questions, “Certain grave decorations may present safety hazards to our grounds workers who operate mowers. … Our cemetery requires us to maintain consistent standards of appearance.”

CDFuneralNews

CDFuneralNews

ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com we have created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
CDFuneralNews
Advertisement

You may be interested

IS FACEBOOK NOW PAY-TO-PLAY? | DISRUPTu! 038
DISRUPTu
32 views
DISRUPTu
32 views

IS FACEBOOK NOW PAY-TO-PLAY? | DISRUPTu! 038

CDFuneralNews - February 5, 2018

Are you ready to fight...!? Ready to FIGHT those recent Facebook Newsfeed changes?! You're in luck with this week's brand…

Homesteaders Recognizes Account Executives for Outstanding Achievement
Funeral Industry Press Releases
67 views
Funeral Industry Press Releases
67 views

Homesteaders Recognizes Account Executives for Outstanding Achievement

CDFuneralNews - February 5, 2018

West Des Moines, Iowa — Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in pre-need funeral funding, held its national sales meeting and recognition…

We are Building Something Exciting for You… and We Need Your Help!
News
186 views
News
186 views

We are Building Something Exciting for You… and We Need Your Help!

Justin Crowe - January 31, 2018

We want to make your deathcare job easier. Tell us what you want in this 2-minute survey and get entered to win $100! The Connecting Directors and Disrupt Media teams are excited to be planning some new free funeral home marketing content and products for you in 2018 and we want to know what you need most! We want to know your biggest business wins of 2017, the tasks in your day that you hate, and what you feel is holding you back!

Comments